Why dogs love antler dog chews

6 CommentsFriday, 19 October 2018  |  Kate

Antos Antler Dog Chews are deer antlers, shed naturally each year, then gathered up, cleaned and cut to size. Deer antlers start life as cartilage which grows from the tip upwards and is mineralised to become bone. They attach to a point on the skull known as a pedicle. While they're growing the antler is covered by skin known as velvet, which supplies blood and nutrition to the bone. Once the antler has reached its full size the velvet falls away and the antler bone dies. The bone at the base is destroyed naturally and the antler falls off. 

So they're ethically sourced then?

Yes they are. All Antos antler dog chews are sourced in the UK, not from culled stock. Deer antlers fall off naturally each autumn, which is why they're occasionally out of stock around September as stocks from the previous year runs out while we're waiting for the new antlers to drop off.

Do deer antler chews splinter? Nope! Antos Antlers won't splinter. They're uncooked bone so just wear down as they're worked on by your dog.

Why do dogs love them?

Dogs find them irresistible. Chewing releases 'happy' brain chemicals hence Antlers keep dogs happy, occupied and using up excess energy. Plus, once they've worn the outer bone away they reach dry marrow which is their favourite part.

Why do dog owners love them?

Because they don't splinter, are low in fat, they're not nutritionally 'empty' like rawhide, they contain important minerals, are long lasting, won't chip or cause blockages, are good for dogs with sensitive stomachs and help clean teeth. They won't leave a stain on the carpet and don't smell. They are a 'raw' treat so complement a raw diet.

How long do they last?

The short answer is 'it depends on the dog'. Not as flippant as it sounds, if the dog likes to bury it and come back to it later then it will last ages, and not decay if left in the garden (though it might get nicked by the local fox.) Essentially they're very long lasting chews whether licked into submission or gnawed down to a nub.

Why choose them over rawhide or other chews?

Antler Bars keep dogs occupied and happy for hours on end, unlike hide or compressed vegetable fibre chews. They don't contain nylon like other long lasting chews and they won't cause blockages. If you've got a dog with a sensitive stomach or you're keeping an eye on their weight you want as simple and low fat a treat as possible. Other treats can be eaten quickly with your dog then looking at you with those doe eyes wanting another.

Our customers say...

"My dog is so enthusiastic about his antler chew I've had to ration it to half an hour, twice a day. He's had it a week now and has barely made headway around the edges of it. The definitely stand up to enthusiastic chewers."

"I got an extra large one and it's lasted ages, he loves it! Used to spend so much on rawhide chews that didn't last ten minutes but he's had the Antler for four hours and it's barely made a dent."

Jane Tindle
Sunday, 23 March 2014  |  11:37

This is really helpful as my Cavalier Spaniel loves to chew and I am not happy about bones for the butcher. Antlers for us now!!

Richard Bell
Thursday, 17 March 2016  |  12:42

My dog had his second stag bar chew the same ones that you sell at Christmas this time I was careful i thought not to leave it near a heat source so it dried out he loves them but unfortunatley once they get older they seem to splinter so the stag bar went in the bin beggining of this month after the dog developed a nasty cough and had difficulty eating only for a few days. So it is back to raw hide chews from you because they are not bleached. I tried to find out if this was normal on the internet but I couldnt find any info.

Thursday, 7 April 2016  |  10:50

Hi Richard

I'm sorry you had that trouble. We haven't heard of one splintering before and I'm glad your dog is fine. I think they're great chews but for gnawers, not dogs who like to bear down.

The rawhide is great and we're getting a rawhide alternative in shortly which should be even better.

Pru Bonar
Saturday, 2 April 2016  |  21:16

I was going to buy these for my two but then I read that they can cause teeth to break. Have you heard this?

Thursday, 7 April 2016  |  10:53

Hi Pru

I know some vets can't stand them for that reason but I haven't heard it personally. I think these are great chews for gnawers, and dogs who love to lick and cart things about. I would be wary about giving them to dogs who like to bear down for this reason. It depends on your dog.


Jenny Azcat
Sunday, 21 October 2018  |  5:23

I never thought that my dog can eat antlers and also that they so healthy! Thanks!